Partnership for new facility
HPE to aid Edinburgh’s data innovation ambitions
Climate issues are among those now targeted by data analytics
Edinburgh’s aim to become the data capital of Europe will be powered through a partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
The company will work with Edinburgh University to build the Edinburgh International Data Facility (EIDF) in a deal with an expected value of more than $125 million over 10 years.
As a hub for innovation, the EIDF will enable R&D on initiatives such as food production, climate change, space exploration and genetically-tailored healthcare.
Mark Parsons, a director at the University of Edinburgh, said: “With the Edinburgh International Data Facility we are combining computing and data resources to create a facility that will allow organisations to use data to innovate throughout their organisations.”
Lee Rand, director of high-performance computing and artificial intelligence at HPE EMEA, said: “HPE is proud to embark on this long-term initiative with the University of Edinburgh, following a highly competitive tender process.
“In the data-centric era deriving insights and value from across multiple datasets will be a key to success for business and government alike.
“We look forward to boosting the UK’s capacity for data-driven innovation through this initiative.”